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    The following summaries are drawn from briefs and lower court judgments. They are meant to provide a general idea of facts and issues presented in cases, and should not be considered official court documents. Facts and issues presented in these summaries should be checked for accuracy against records and briefs, available from the Court, which provide more specific information.

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    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    Arrive early. Times & order of appearance are tentative and subject to change with no notice. Cases may be postponed due to exigent circumstances.

    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    No cases scheduled

     

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

    Arrive early. Times & order of appearance are tentative and subject to change with no notice. Cases may be postponed due to exigent circumstances.

    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Inquiry Concerning a Judge: Dale C. Cohen

    SC10-348

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    9:00

    Circuit Judge Dale Cohen has been summoned before the Court to receive a public reprimand for ethical misconduct.

    Broward County

    Aaron Daniels v. State of Florida

    SC11-2170

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    Approx. 9:10
    Mr. Daniels was convicted of the second-degree murder of Amanda Lynn Fanter, who was fatally shot in 2007. He was sentenced to life in prison with a required minimum sentence of 25 years. On appeal, he argued the trial court made a fundamental error in the jury instructions. The Second District Court of Appeal upheld the conviction and sentence and Mr. Daniels asked this Court to review the case.
    Pinellas County

    Leonard J. Accardo v. Gregory Brown

    SC11-1445

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    Approx. 9:50
    Mr. Accardo and others challenged the legality of property taxes levied on their beach homes, which are located on government land under leases lasting up to 99 years. A trial court agreed with Mr. Brown, the county property appraiser, and other county officials that the property was subject to property taxation. The First District Court of Appeal upheld that decision but certified the issue as one of great public importance for this Court's review.
    Santa Rosa County

    1108 Ariola, LLC v. Chris Jones

    SC11-2231

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    Approx. 10:30
    People in condominium units and beach homes built on leased land on Pensacola Beach filed a legal challenge after Escambia County billed them for property taxes. The residents argued that as leaseholders they are not subject to such taxation. The trial court agreed with Mr. Jones, the county property appraiser, and other county officials. The First District Court of Appeal upheld that decision but certified the issue as one of great public importance for this Court's review.
    Escambia County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Lesly Jean-Phillippe v. State of Florida

    SC11-1274

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    9:00
    Mr. Jean-Philippe was convicted of the first-degree murder of his wife, Elkie Jean-Philippe, who was fatally stabbed and cut in 2009. The jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him to death. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.
    Duval County

    Charles Van, Sr. V. Daniel Schmidt

    SC11-1467

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    Approx. 10:00

    Mr. Van and his wife sued Mr. Schmidt after an auto collision, which they alleged injured Mr. Van. At trial, Mr. Schmidt argued that Mr. Van's injuries were not caused by the collision. The jury agreed with Mr. Schmidt. The judge granted the Vans' motion for a new trial, agreeing the jury verdict was contrary to most of the evidence. On appeal, the First District Court of Appeal overturned that decision, finding the trial court abused its discretion. The Vans asked this Court to review the case.

    Alachua County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Brandy Bain Jennings v. State of Florida

    SC11-1016 | SC11-1031

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    9:00
    Mr. Jennings was convicted of the first-degree murders of Dorothy Siddle, Vicki Smith and Jason Wiggins, whose throats were slashed during a 1995 robbery at the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Naples where they worked. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence for each murder and the trial court condemned Mr. Jennings to death. This Court upheld the death sentences on direct appeal and Mr. Jennings filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.
    Collier County

    Richard Todd Robards v. State of Florida

    SC11-425

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    Approx.
    9:40

    Mr. Robards was convicted of the first-degree murders of Linda and Frank Deluca, who were fatally wounded by a sharp object in their home in 2006. The jury voted 7-5 to recommend a death sentence for each murder and the trial court condemned Mr. Robards to death. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.

    Pinellas County

    Rafael Matarranz v. State of Florida

    SC11-1617

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    Approx. 10:40
    Mr. Matarranz was convicted of burglary and murder. At his trial, the judge rejected a request from his attorneys to exclude a potential juror who questioned whether she could be unbiased because of childhood memories of being a victim of burglary. The Third District Court of Appeal upheld the trial court. Mr. Matarranz asked this Court to review the case.
    Miami-Dade County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, November 9, 2012

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

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    No cases scheduled